The 2008 Maserati GranTurismo is set to bedazzle and conquer! Sheer style and amazing dynamics compel anyone to go open-mouthed at this beauty. The Italian Maserati is a known name when it comes to sports cars and racing models. The manufacturer of luxury cars has always been in the news for one or the other exciting new sports car. Today, Maserati is under Fiat and is selling several sports cars in the United States of America. Let us zoom in on the attributes of the 2008 model, the new Maserati GranTurismo. Grand name yes, but does the car live up to this grandiose nomenclature in reality? Let us find out.
Named after the Italian representation for ‘grand touring’, this vehicle is exactly as its name suggests: grand. Be it looks or performance, the car is a show-stopper. But this is expected of course, considering the Italia style and the whopping price tag of about $110,000. Tough roads and racing conditions were the best to let the car show us how, and that it did! No matter whether the road is long and never-ending, or has many twists and turns that require deft maneuvering, this car is at ease anywhere. The cool, solid stance of the car impresses you at first look, and the plush leather seats feel oh-so-good.
The 6 speed automatic transmission surpasses all expectations. The upshifts are very good indeed. The car reveals more exciting secrets as the drive progresses and you cannot deny the aura.
The car delivers 405 hp, literally taking your breath away with acceleration up to 60 mph in 5.1 secs, and a top speed of nothing less than 177 mph. this large car runs amazingly smooth and manages tight corners in a trice. Starting off as the ideal luxury car, this car gets into the true sporty feel as you speed it up. The perfect suspension and weight distribution help the car stay on track at giddy speeds. The sleek exterior seems eternally ready for a photo shoot. The car measures well in terms of dynamics.
While the car scores well for its styling and performance, its braking disappoints. The interiors seem to be made more for apparent luxury than actual convenience, but this is a racing car after all.
Engine: 4 out of 5….. v8 is great!
Transmission: 4 out of 5…. Excellent upshift
Handling: 4 out of 5… quite easy handling
Safety: 4 out of 5 … standard safety features
Value 3 out of 5.. expensive, but stylish.
Body: the new Maserati GranTurismo is a 2 door and 4passenger car, luxury sports model.
Engine: 4.2 liter powerful V8 engine for high horsepower
Transmission: the standard transmission is a 6 speed automatic transmission with overdrive
Power: 405 hp at 7100 rpm
Torque: 339 at 4750 (ft-lbs)
Tires: 19 inch 245 mm radial passenger tires, independent suspension, front wheel driven with rack and pinion steering, front and rear disc brakes.
Verdict: great looking car, a must on every luxury car-lover’s list
For: terrific looks and smooth drive. Overall luxury
Against: brakes could be a lot more responsive.